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Bello tasks NUT to support FCTA efforts

16th Dec, 2019 | By Kabiru Musa and Sarah Odugbo | ||

Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has again stressed the need for Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) and educationists to continue to support the FCT Administration (FCTA) in its efforts to provide functional and quality education through professional development of teachers.

The Minister took the position during the NUT 6th Quadrennial Delegates' Conference and Commissioning of the Teachers House at Gwagwalada, FCT. Represented by Deputy Director, Administration, FCTA Education Secretariat, Alhaji Leremo Abdulrazaq, the Minister described education as the bedrock and foundation of the development of any nation, stressing that no nation could rise above the quality of its teachers.

According to him, FCTA has maintained a good relationship with the union and was working assiduously with it to ensure that teachers' training and welfare were priority. The Minister called on the leadership of the union to take the responsibility of identifying quacks who have infiltrated the noble profession and ensure that teachers' competence and effectiveness enhance the teaching and learning process and impact positively on students for better academic performance.

He assured the NUT that FCTA will continue to work harmoniously with it to sustain the expected standard of education in FCT. Also speaking, Etsu of Kwali, His Royal Highness Alhaji Shaban Audu Nizazo, who represented Ona of Abaji, Chairman, FCT Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Adamu Yunusa, urged the NUT leadership to ensure that only qualified and professional teachers are engaged so that students can benefit from competent knowledge.

The Ona frowned at the recruitment of unqualified teachers, particularly at the primary school level, and sought for ways to curb vices among students. Earlier, in his welcome address, Chairman, FCT Council of NUT, Comrade Stephen Knabayi explained that the delegates' conference, with the theme 'The Menace of Kidnapping and Terrorism on Educational Institutions in Nigeria: Issues and Solutions', is the highest decision making body of the union.

According to him, it is also a forum where all teachers, through delegation, meet every four years to assess, analyze and discuss their problems, elect new leaders as well as plan programmes to address major issues connected with the teaching profession, teachers as professionals and the education system generally. Highlight of the event was the commissioning of the imposing Teachers House by the representative of the FCT Minister.

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The Minister said this during the presentation of FCT 2020 statutory budget to the joint sitting of the Senate and House of Representatives Committees on the FCT.

To ensure strict compliance with the Abuja Master Plan and permanently tackle traffic situation within Gwarinpa the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) said it would remove no fewer than 850 makeshift shops/houses (popularly called 'batchers') and shanties along the N16 road.

Speaking to journalists last week during commencement of sitting of a mobile court at the head office of Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS), popularly called Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO), in Mabushi, Abuja, authorities of the organization defended the establishment of the court saying it was set up by FCTA to decide the fate of traffic offenders.

Ahead of the planned revocation of plots of land situated in serviced areas of Federal Capital City (FCC), the FCT Administration (FCTA) has inaugurated a task team to holistically verify all identified undeveloped plots of land where infrastructure has already been provided.

Malam Bello made the pledge when he received a delegation of the FCT Sharia Court of Appeal led by the Grand Khadi, Justice Ibrahim Rufa'i Imam who was on a courtesy visit to FCTA.

Minister of State, FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, made the clarion call and promised to reward such corps members who distinguish themselves during the one-year mandatory service..


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